3 Fun activities under $30 to keep your kids busy this summer

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3 Fun activities under $30 to keep your kids busy this summer



So much is going on here in Chicago this summer and it could be a perfect summer hideout for your kids – especially if they are crazy about dinosaurs or animation movies.

If you’re in Chicago, here are 5 awesome and cheap summer retreats compiled by Elizabeth Diffin, senior editor of Chicago Parent Magazine, to keep your kids busy.

If you’re already curious to know what’s on tap, read about them here.

Dinos & Dragons @Brookfield Zoo

This summer the Brookfield Zoo has come up with a lot to explore. This time it’s bigger and better than ever before. This time there are 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and their mythical counterpart, the Chinese dragon.

Your kids also get to know the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on engaging signage. Apart from the animatronics, your kids can also get close views of live reptiles that include a Komodo dragon as well – something that the Brookfield Zoo is showcasing for the first time.

It’s much more like hands-on activities that include dinosaur dissection, dino dig boxes, and site excavation.

Location: ZooWide
Date: Open through September 17
$5 Adults ($2.50 for Members)
$3 Children ages 3 to 11 ($1.50 for Members)
$3 Seniors 65 and over. ($1.50 for Members)
Members receive 1/2 off admission!

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

The park that was only a promise comes to life…right before your eyes. This year, not only can you see real dinosaur fossils inside The Field Museum, you’ll be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals in Jurassic World.

Stare in awe at the towering Brachiosaurus, walk side-by-side with a Velociraptor, and get a rare glimpse at the most vicious one – Tyrannosaurus rex.

Location: The Field Museum
Dates: Every day from 9 am-5 pm except Christmas
Adults – $22
Children (ages 3-11) – $15
Seniors (ages 65+) – $19
Students (with valid ID) – $19

Movies @Chicago Park District

This year, New Park at Wrigley has come up with its own film series every-other Wednesday night. Likewise, Cantigny Park in Wheaton has new and classic movies on Friday nights, and at Ravinia, Lord of the Rings Trilogy and La La Land is being shown with an additional orchestra.

On August 24, Millennium Park is going to arrange for a special showing of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to celebrate its 80th anniversary. You can’t afford to miss it. And the most important thing is you can watch a majority of the show without paying a penny.

Location: Chicago Park District
Dates: Open through September 7
Fees: FREE


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